|Barked: Thu Aug 29, '13 8:42am PST |
|Capone was just diagnosed with a neurological disorder. He started showing symptoms Tuesday evening so I took him to the E-Vet. Then Wednesday, we went to our regular vet for confirmation. They can’t specify what type without more detailed testing, such as an MRI which we would have to travel for, but the vet said there was not much point as there are no cures and limited options regardless of the specific neurological disease.
He has hemiparesis in his left side. He can move his limbs, stand and walk on his own. But he clearly has limited control of his left limbs and they splay out at odd angles sometimes and sometimes just give out on him and he plops down awkwardly. He also can no longer walk straight. He walks only by circling to the right and it takes him several tries to line himself up to get through a doorway or position himself at his water bowl.
He will drink water on his own, but is less stable when he lowers his head so I’m going to get him a raised set of bowls today. But he won’t eat food out of his bowl at all, not even when I lift it for him. I have had to hand feed him since Tuesday night. He is still very interested in food, but only if it comes directly from my hand.
He has slept on my bed with me his entire life, but now I can’t allow that because he will unknowingly walk right off the bed trying to get settled. So I put a rug down beside my side of the bed for him to lay on, but the past two nights he’s just paced back and forth and when he does lay down it’s more often on the hardwood than on the rug. I thought about putting a pillow on the floor or getting him a doggie bed, but when I have tried putting him on the sofa or bed he seems more uncomfortable. I think the more cushy something is, the less secure his footing is and it makes him nervous.
The vet did give me some antibiotics to try in case the problems were brought on by or exacerbated by an inner ear infection, but he didn’t seem hopeful that they would work. He said it would more than likely progressively get worse until he couldn’t get up at all. Ultimately, he said I should just keep him calm and comfortable until the time comes to make that horrible decision. Right now, except for being a bit disoriented and confused, he’s still his normal happy self. He wags his tail every time I talk to him or pet him. He’s also not in any pain. So until it either gets to the point where he can’t move or his mind goes and I can tell he’s not really there anymore, I know I’m going to hold on and do everything I can to make the time he has left happy and fun.
So I guess my questions are: 1) Does anybody know what I can expect? The vet wasn’t clear if it would progress quickly or slowly, maybe because there’s no answer and it depends on the individual dog. But if anybody has any experience with something like this, I’d love to have a rough idea of what to expect.
2) Does anyone have any ideas on how I can make him more comfortable? As I said above, I intend to raise his food and water bowls to see if that helps. If he doesn’t eat from his bowl, I will continue to hand feed him. I’m carrying him up and down all steps now. We have carpet in the living room where we spend most of our time, but the rest of the house is hardwood/linoleum. I have a few small rugs laid out and I put down some towels in his favorite places to lay like in front of the vents, but he seems to be avoiding them or oblivious to them and spends just as much time on the hardwood. I don’t have any way to cover the whole house in carpet/rugs right now. Any suggestions for what would be best for him to sleep on at night that he might like?
I’m really upset right now and just trying to focus on what I can do to help him. So any help would be appreciated.
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